Factors Affecting the Risk of Crash Involvement Amongst New Zealand Truck Drivers

Mark J.M. Sullman, Karl B. Pajo, Michelle Meadows

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Truck drivers are involved in a disproportionately high number of New Zealand's fatal crashes. Despite the importance of this group, very little research has investigated the role of human factors in these crashes. The current study investigated the relationship that crash involvement amongst truck drivers had with two personality traits (driver selfishness and mild social deviance), aberrant driving behaviour (violations, errors, lapses and aggressive violations) and safety climate. The violations factor was the only direct predictor of crash involvement amongst truck drivers. The relationship was such that a one unit increase in the violations factor score increased the odds of being crash-involved by 49 per cent. In addition, tests for mediation effects revealed that one dimension of driver selfishness, mild social deviance and safety climate all indirectly affected crash involvement. Possible avenues for decreasing truck drivers ' crash involvement are discussed along with some ideas for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDriver Behaviour and Training
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781351768948
ISBN (Print)9780754638353
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


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